Saturday, January 5, 2013

HIDING A BODY MADE SIMPLE

   In my last post related to the disappearance of Jack Gordon and his neighbor on the same day in 2008 (link here) we were discussing techniques used by criminals to conceal evidence of a murder.  Concrete is a time-tested method of 'disappearing' a body.  Construction methods in the Sangre de Cristo Ranches portion of the San Luis Valley vary some, but there are some common features.  Most of the ranches are off the electrical grid, so alternative energy (usually solar) is utilized.  Access to properties can be severely hampered by weather and road conditions.  Building supplies are sometimes in short supply. The terrain is rocky and basements are seldom included due to added difficulty and expense of excavating.  Some builders use concrete stem walls or foundations, while others use a concrete slab as depicted here, during the construction of one of Jack's neighbor's houses near Luke Road:



   If the body is available when the concrete is being poured, it would be a fairly simple matter to excavate a shallow depression for the body and fill in with poured concrete.



   Other builders go a cheaper route, using simple footings to support the structure as shown in this You Tube video ... er ... slide show, depicting the construction of the convicted sex offender John Robert Fureigh's house on Luke Road, a mere half mile from Jack Gordon's home site.  I present these images solely as representative of the terrain and building styles used in the area.  In case the link is broken or the video ... er ... slide show is taken down, here is a screen grab:


 This leaves just an earthen crawlspace beneath the main floor of the building.  If the building were already standing, it would not be terribly difficult to dig out a shallow grave within the crawlspace and hide a body.  As creepy as this sounds, killers have certainly been known to do this.  I imagine they don't sleep comfortably, knowing there is a body in the crawlspace, but I may be wrong.

   So I guess the question boils down to, if the person or persons who killed Jack Gordon disposed of the body on property they owned, was it in the setting of an existing structure or concurrent with the new construction of a house or other structure. Once again, time will tell the tale in this regard.

5 comments:

  1. Is that the actual neighbor's building? Has it been searched? Should be a simple thing to do with that type of foundation.

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    1. The photo at the top (poured slab) is a different neighbor in the same general vicinity. The convicted sex offender's property was never searched by the authorities. The DA has repeatedly declined to issue a search warrant for unknown reasons.

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    2. I should add, the structure in the video slideshow is the actual dwelling of John Robert Fureigh at the time Jack Gordon disappeared. He posted the video to YouTube several years ago under the pseudonym Mountain Tracker (or Mtn Tracker).

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  2. Seems like a shallow grave under one's own home might present the possibility of carrion eaters digging under the house for "treets" (I know ick) also there might just be an odor eminating from said structure, however by now would probably be gone, as any evidence of wild animals digging there.

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    1. Hey Dean0- we have often speculated that a coyote dragging a bone out into a public area would be the way we locate Jack's body. I tend to agree with you that nobody in their right mind would hide a body under that type of house, due to easy accessibility. In addition, that house was already completed when Jack was killed. More likely a murderer would hide a body in a current construction project. There are some other possible sites in the vicinity that we are keeping an eye on.

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